This acknowledgement was created with Elders and knowledge keepers from the Mississaugas of the New Credit and with the HDSB Instructional Program Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. Remember that many, many bands and Nations traveled across the land we are on prior to the contact with European settlers who established colonies. In this acknowledgment we are honouring the Indigenous peoples who we know were present at the time and therefore is not inclusive of all the peoples who lived and traveled on these lands before first contact with Europeans.
All non-indigenous peoples are in fact newcomers to the land we are on and what we refer to as Canada.
Acknowledgement of the Land and Territory is read aloud at the beginning of meetings and events in the Halton District School Board:
"Halton as we know it today is rich in history and modern traditions of many First Nations and the Métis. From the Anishinabe to the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee, and the Métis - these lands surrounding the Great Lakes are steeped in Indigenous history.
As we gather today on these treaty lands we have the responsibility to honour and respect the four directions, land, waters, plants, animals, ancestors that walked before us, and all the wonderful elements of creation that exist.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for sharing their traditional territory with us."
View our video of the Acknowledgement of the Land and Territory (Video features the voices of HDSB students and an introduction by Tammy Hardwick, Instructional Program Lead First Nations, Métis, Indigenous Education)